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Yale First Nation Builds Energy Efficient Housing

December 23, 2016

The Yale First Nation has partnered with construction company Britco to replace failing on-reserve housing stock with modular "Passive Houses." The Passive House standard is the highest recognized level of energy efficiency in home-building, which will mean that the new buildings will increase th

First Nations to access world-class mobile and residential Internet, following historic CRTC decision.

December 22, 2016

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, December 22, 2016 – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has declared broadband Internet a basic telecommunications service.

Environmental Groups Sue to Overturn Trans Mountain Approval

December 20, 2016

The environmental groups Ecojustic, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation have filed a suit to reverse the federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing that the National Energy Board did not sufficiently consider the pipeline's impact on B.C.'s southern resident o

Prime Minister Announces Reconciliation Council

December 15, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a national reconciliation council to oversee implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 recommendations. The creationg of the council itself was one of those recommendations.

Federal Government to Spend Half Billion Dollars Connecting Remote Communities to Internet

December 15, 2016

The federal Innovation Ministry will spend up to $500 million over five years to connect 300 rural and remote communities to high-speed Internet service.

Low-profile Committee Seeks to Change First Nations Funding Mechanism

December 12, 2016

A small committee of federal politicians and Indigenous leaders is working to transform the mechanism by which the federal government provides funds to Canada's 634 First Nations.

Ontario First Nation Files for Aboriginal Title over Parliament Hill

December 8, 2016

Ontario's Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation has filed an aboriginal title claim over the Ottawa region, including Parliament Hill. The claim threatens to derail the current Algonquins of Ontario treaty negotiation, which was otherwise nearing completion

Supreme Court Case Could Impact Energy Projects

December 5, 2016

A court case brought by two First Nations groups — the Inuit of Clyde River and the Anishinaabeg of Deshkaan Ziibing (known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) — against the federal government, is being heard by the Supreme Court.

Psychologist Blames Colonization for Suicides, Not Mental Illness

December 5, 2016

A psychologist with years of experience in First Nations communities attributes the recent string of suicides in Northern Saskatchewan to colonization, not mental illness.

US Army Stops Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

December 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Army has announced that alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline must be explored, causing construction to halt.

Pipeline Approvals Continue to Inspire Protests

December 2, 2016

Days after the federal government announced that it would approve two pipelines, protestors took to the streets again in Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.

Inuit Activist Demands Compensation from Greenpeace for Anti-Sealing Campaigns

December 1, 2016

In the new documentary Angry Inuk, sealskin seamstress and activist Aaju Peter declares that the environmental charity Greenpeace should compensate Inuit people for the effects of its anti-sealing campaigns.

Tool Created to Keep Affordable Indigenous Housing Sustainable

December 1, 2016

The planned phase-out of federal housing subsidies is forcing off-reserve Indigenous housing providers to change their business models.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Determined to Stop Trans-Mountain Pipeline

November 30, 2016

Following the federal government's approval of Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation has vowed to stop its construction.

Federal Government Appeals Ruling that Eases Residential School Survivor Compensation Claims

November 30, 2016

The federal government is appealing the ruling of a Manitoba judge that would lower the standards required for residential school survivors to claim compensation for sexual abuse.

Feds Ask Ontario Court to Throw out Sixties Scoop Suit

November 29, 2016

In a written submission, the federal government has asked an Ontario Superior Court judge to throw out a class action lawsuit by Sixties Scoop survivors, on the basis that past actors can't be held to current standards, no matter the harms they caused.

Science Confirms First Nations Oral Tradition

November 26, 2016

A study recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications is using DNA evidence to confirm oral histories of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams First Nations.

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